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J.S. Cardone claims that the story was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft due to elements of dreams vs. reality, though few, if any, actual Lovecraft tropes anywhere in the film See more »
Have you ever had a nightmare that was so real that you thought it was actually happening?
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The version released on the Marquis video label is the full 81 minute version. The film was also released on a double-billed VHS cassette with Scalps by Continental home video, but the running time was shortened to 75 minutes. Interestingly, none of the violent scenes were altered. See more »
Kay (Sarah Kendall), her husband David (Alan McRae), her brother Eric (Frederick Flynn) and his wife Brooke (Carol Kottenbrook) decide to go on vacation because of Kay's strange dreams that are harming her life. She claims that her dreams tells her things and before long someone shows up and starts picking them off one by one.
THE SLAYER is a mildly entertaining slasher movie that manages to have a few good moments scattered throughout its running time but at the same time there are certainly some flaws to be found with the picture. There were countless slash and dice movies throughout the 1980s and this here really isn't very popular and in fact it pretty much disappeared there for a while until Arrow Video remastered it and released and uncut version, which is what I'm reviewing here.
The thing the film has going for it are the special effects. This isn't really a flat-out slasher but we basically have a group of people being stalked by someone or something. This leads to some pretty good killings including three of them that are quite graphic when it comes to the blood. Fans of this type of stuff will certainly enjoy the effects and wish that there were more of them. I'd also argue that there's one intense sequence where the first victim is wondering around looking for something.
The performances aren't the greatest that you're going to see but I thought all four were good enough for this type of film and I'd argue that they were rather realistic when it came to the performances. They all seemed like actual siblings and friends and I thought this added to the picture. With all of that being said, THE SLAYER really doesn't have much of a story and sadly the majority of it is quite boring. This includes an extremely long sequence where one of the members goes missing and the rest walk around and walk around and walk around some more looking for him. This entire sequence was incredibly boring and just went on way too long.
It's really too bad that THE SLAYER didn't have a few more slayings because there's no question that these were the best parts of the film.
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